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  1. LimestoneBaggy's Avatar
    (I assume they use Evite or some similar computer program to save on costs)
    Classic. Can't say I disagree, but wondering if the Twins are looking to see if Hicks can develop now, or come up with a change in switch hitting (or very unlikley, check out his arm)?
  2. wagwan's Avatar
    Hicks though already repeated A ball at Beloit. He can't take 2 years at every stop. I think this is more about it being put up or shut up time. Even if he would shine at Ft.Meyers, it would be a 4th year at single A and mean nothing. He needs to break out NOW
  3. EXTC's Avatar
    Glad you pointed out the swing on that second HR. It does look like vintage Justin. Good stuff.
  4. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    This blog has been promoted to the Front Page!! http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...-Twins-in-2012
  5. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I have been asking this again and again to people. Trading Span leaves the leadoff spot for . . . ? People only focus on the defensive aspect of Span's ability, but not the fact that the Twins are lost without a good leadoff hitter.
  6. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I don't see any reason for the Twins to trade Span if he plays like he did at the beginning of last year. Now, if they could find someone willing to trade a good pitching prospect or proven late-inning reliever that is also under a very friendly contract, they might take it (honestly, I thought the Twins would have had something trading him to Washington before his value fell when people saw that he was still trying to recover from the concussion he received, but Revere's arm was the one misgiving I had for that deal.) Revere and Bensen are probably both out-of-bounds when it comes to being traded, but Hicks might be traded if he can't prove that he can rise up the ladder with a good year this year.
  7. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I've promoted this story to the front page to promote further discussion. You can comment further here.
  8. BigSkyTwinsFan's Avatar
    As a partial answer to TwinsGuy55422's question, the article tagged below is about the new sports psycologist that the Orioles brought on board this year. The article states: "The Orioles are hardly alone when it comes to incorporating psychology. Though organizations aren't always forthcoming about officially having sports psychologists and other mental consultants on staff, more than half of Major League Baseball's teams have one in some capacity, with some having multiple psychologists, including for their Minor Leaguers." With the financial investment made in baseball teams today, it makes sense to me that a coach for the mind should be available to those players who will willingly take advantage of it.

    As for the original statement above - "Then there's Mauer, who hit 28 home runs in a shortened 2009 season, and who has hardly hit any since then. It's abundantly clear that the not-so-friendly confines of Target Field have gotten in his head" - I can't really agree w/ the premise. 2009 as an anomoly for Mauer compared to the entire rest of his professional career. A healthy Mauer will likely hit somewhere between 5 and 15 long balls based on his 10 other professional seasons. That is not to say, however, that he couldn't use some head help. Could be something he and many other Twins are already taking in - they just aren't likely going to advertise it.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...s_mlb&c_id=mlb
  9. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TwinsGuy55422
    This is an interesting post. Besides helping individual players improve their performances, I could see a sports psychologist helping with team chemistry issues in the locker room through out the season. Did your research reveal any other MLB teams having a sports psychologist on staff or were they pretty much just used as consultants?
    I checked out the Red Sox front office online, and they did not list any medical personnel at all. Interestingly, however, the Brewers list a man named Matt Krug as director of psychological services. It looks like he's definitely employed by the team, but perhaps as a consultant -- looks like he might have a job teaching. The Yankees and the Cardinals don't list anyone related to psychology. This is just sort of a random sampling, but my best guess would be that most teams that have a psychologist on staff would have him or her in some sort of consulting role.
  10. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
    This is an interesting post. Besides helping individual players improve their performances, I could see a sports psychologist helping with team chemistry issues in the locker room through out the season. Did your research reveal any other MLB teams having a sports psychologist on staff or were they pretty much just used as consultants?
  11. Todd G's Avatar
    I believe (most of the players) are more in need of a foot in the ass than a shoulder to cry on. That foot could swing in the neighborhood of some of the coaches and management also.

    There's far too much "how do you feel about that?" for guys getting paid as much as they are, and not enough "Cowboy up Nancy boy".
  12. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
    Agreed. A more productive season from Valencia would be huge. I doubt he'll ever lose his swagger, but if he is able to check it at the door when he comes to the baseball field I think he can harness more of his talent.
  13. Gernzy's Avatar
    Didn't the Twins want Ellsbury and Lester for Santana? Imagine if that would have happened...I would be happy with either player.

    Most recent trade that bugs me the most is JJ Hardy. We got nothing in return (Hoey is just...yeah.) All the talk about needing a stable SS and we had one. I'm happy he's tearing it up in Baltimore.
  14. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jlovren
    Heck, in hindsight who wouldn't take Lester for Santana straight up? At one point if I remember correctly Bucholz and Lester were on the table at the same time.
    Yea, looking back, I would have pulled the trigger on that straight up. Lester has been pretty great, and also seems like a nice guy (fantastic story with him coming back from cancer in 2006-2007).
  15. jlovren's Avatar
    Jack, thanks for the comment. I definitely agree with you about the Red Sox' offer for Santana. I don't know that it was ever confirmed that they actually offered all those players (though it was written about extensively on ESPN), but even if the offer was only for 2-3 of those guys, it was much, much better than what they got in return.
    Heck, in hindsight who wouldn't take Lester for Santana straight up? At one point if I remember correctly Bucholz and Lester were on the table at the same time.
  16. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic Jack
    I would undue the Young trade, taken Red Sox offer of Crisp, Lowrie, Masterson, and Lester for Santana, never trade Ramos for Capps, and unloaded Cuddyer, Kubel, and Nathan at trade deadline last year. We might actually have a pretty good team if these moves were undone. No doubt Bill Smith did some serious damage to this organization for the next five years. It will take time for GM Terry Ryan to get them back on track.
    Jack, thanks for the comment. I definitely agree with you about the Red Sox' offer for Santana. I don't know that it was ever confirmed that they actually offered all those players (though it was written about extensively on ESPN), but even if the offer was only for 2-3 of those guys, it was much, much better than what they got in return.
  17. Fanatic Jack's Avatar
    I would undue the Young trade, taken Red Sox offer of Crisp, Lowrie, Masterson, and Lester for Santana, never trade Ramos for Capps, and unloaded Cuddyer, Kubel, and Nathan at trade deadline last year. We might actually have a pretty good team if these moves were undone. No doubt Bill Smith did some serious damage to this organization for the next five years. It will take time for GM Terry Ryan to get them back on track.
  18. gunnarthor's Avatar
    It's hindsight but taking Gary Brown (or Zack Cox) instead of Alex Wimmers would have been nice. I don't know if either player was really on the Twins radar but both seem to be progressing well.
  19. oprahchapelle's Avatar
    I wouldn't have given joe Mauer 23 mil a year, that is way too high a percentage of the teams payroll. He probably would be playing for the yanks but I would have 2-3 good ball players, maybe a quality arm
  20. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Great ideas so far! You're right, Captain Kirkus, an idea can't really be viewed in a vacuum. One thing, whether it's acquiring a player or trading a player, leads directly to another.
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